Greece Increases the Number of Intensive Care Unit Beds

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Η Αφροδίτη Γεροδημοντάκη (αριστερά), η Μιχαέλα Αλεξάδρου (κέντρο) και η Δήμητρα Σιάκαλη ανάμεσα στους εθελοντές φοιτητές Ιατρικής κατά του κορωνοϊού στο νοσοκομείο «Σωτηρία» στην Αθήνα. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

ATHENS — Greek health authorities are increasing the number of intensive care unit beds set aside for patients with COVID-19 in and around the Greek capital.

That comes amid what officials have called a worrying increase in coronavirus cases and people severely ill with the virus.

The greatest increase in cases has been in the wider Athens region, Greece’s most populous, where intensive care units are starting to come under pressure.

Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias said Wednesday that 40 more ICU beds would be set aside for COVID-19 patients in the Athens region within the next seven days.

On Tuesday, 310 new coronavirus cases were announced nationwide. Greece has a total of 13,730 confirmed cases and 313 deaths.